Post Merged (destination) from programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/29202/…
2 Added section in response to comment.
source | link

What are you expecting from a mentor? The suggestions of an open source project or local user group are designed to be more about networking and finding someone that is a few steps further along what you want to be so that they can help guide you in a way. Think of it as trying to learn to cook from Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay, it may be quite entertaining and useful at the end of the day.

Depending on your expectations it may be easy or amazingly hard to find a mentor. If you are expecting someone that can read your mind and give you step by step the secrets to being awesome in a year or less then that may not be realistic. At the same time, if you want to find someone that can do some things better than you this may not be so hard to do possibly. So first figure out what are your expectations.

Second, now that you know what you want, you have to find it. This may well be quite hard as it isn't like there are many places devoted to showcasing developers using their skills like we have the arts in Canada and the U.S. which is why the suggestion was given I'd imagine. MentorNet would be an example of a program that may work though I haven't tried it, I did research it a while back and didn't think it was for me and what I wanted. Another thought here is how well do your friends and family know of what you want here? They may know someone or some place that may assist you if you ask. While this isn't a comprehensive answer, what you ask is kind of vague and so hopefully you can add more to this and then I'll follow-up once you give some more details of what you want and how you want it as this isn't Burger King but we could try to work it that way.


C++ server side component experts may be rather hard to find. Are there any nearby post-secondary institutions? Those may have someone that has those skills that may be shifting into something else as a possible idea. Good luck on finding that mentor.

What are you expecting from a mentor? The suggestions of an open source project or local user group are designed to be more about networking and finding someone that is a few steps further along what you want to be so that they can help guide you in a way. Think of it as trying to learn to cook from Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay, it may be quite entertaining and useful at the end of the day.

Depending on your expectations it may be easy or amazingly hard to find a mentor. If you are expecting someone that can read your mind and give you step by step the secrets to being awesome in a year or less then that may not be realistic. At the same time, if you want to find someone that can do some things better than you this may not be so hard to do possibly. So first figure out what are your expectations.

Second, now that you know what you want, you have to find it. This may well be quite hard as it isn't like there are many places devoted to showcasing developers using their skills like we have the arts in Canada and the U.S. which is why the suggestion was given I'd imagine. MentorNet would be an example of a program that may work though I haven't tried it, I did research it a while back and didn't think it was for me and what I wanted. Another thought here is how well do your friends and family know of what you want here? They may know someone or some place that may assist you if you ask. While this isn't a comprehensive answer, what you ask is kind of vague and so hopefully you can add more to this and then I'll follow-up once you give some more details of what you want and how you want it as this isn't Burger King but we could try to work it that way.

What are you expecting from a mentor? The suggestions of an open source project or local user group are designed to be more about networking and finding someone that is a few steps further along what you want to be so that they can help guide you in a way. Think of it as trying to learn to cook from Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay, it may be quite entertaining and useful at the end of the day.

Depending on your expectations it may be easy or amazingly hard to find a mentor. If you are expecting someone that can read your mind and give you step by step the secrets to being awesome in a year or less then that may not be realistic. At the same time, if you want to find someone that can do some things better than you this may not be so hard to do possibly. So first figure out what are your expectations.

Second, now that you know what you want, you have to find it. This may well be quite hard as it isn't like there are many places devoted to showcasing developers using their skills like we have the arts in Canada and the U.S. which is why the suggestion was given I'd imagine. MentorNet would be an example of a program that may work though I haven't tried it, I did research it a while back and didn't think it was for me and what I wanted. Another thought here is how well do your friends and family know of what you want here? They may know someone or some place that may assist you if you ask. While this isn't a comprehensive answer, what you ask is kind of vague and so hopefully you can add more to this and then I'll follow-up once you give some more details of what you want and how you want it as this isn't Burger King but we could try to work it that way.


C++ server side component experts may be rather hard to find. Are there any nearby post-secondary institutions? Those may have someone that has those skills that may be shifting into something else as a possible idea. Good luck on finding that mentor.

1
source | link

What are you expecting from a mentor? The suggestions of an open source project or local user group are designed to be more about networking and finding someone that is a few steps further along what you want to be so that they can help guide you in a way. Think of it as trying to learn to cook from Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay, it may be quite entertaining and useful at the end of the day.

Depending on your expectations it may be easy or amazingly hard to find a mentor. If you are expecting someone that can read your mind and give you step by step the secrets to being awesome in a year or less then that may not be realistic. At the same time, if you want to find someone that can do some things better than you this may not be so hard to do possibly. So first figure out what are your expectations.

Second, now that you know what you want, you have to find it. This may well be quite hard as it isn't like there are many places devoted to showcasing developers using their skills like we have the arts in Canada and the U.S. which is why the suggestion was given I'd imagine. MentorNet would be an example of a program that may work though I haven't tried it, I did research it a while back and didn't think it was for me and what I wanted. Another thought here is how well do your friends and family know of what you want here? They may know someone or some place that may assist you if you ask. While this isn't a comprehensive answer, what you ask is kind of vague and so hopefully you can add more to this and then I'll follow-up once you give some more details of what you want and how you want it as this isn't Burger King but we could try to work it that way.